Understanding the Stages of Child Art Development

child art development stages

Art Therapy has been a popular option for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder since the early 1990s. Much research has gone into developing suitable therapies and educational programs for this population. In most cases it is discovered that during the art instruction stage, children can take in a great deal of information and retain it for longer periods of time. As their skill levels increase, they are able to engage in a wider range of pursuits.

Songs Are One Such Example

A hand holding a book

In the past, it was often necessary for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be taught to sing a tune. However, with the use of cookies and various other foods, they are now able to learn and enjoy songs and even teach themselves the basics. As they learn new things, the memory retention increases as well. This allows them to pick up new lessons at an earlier stage in life and ultimately to take on more complex tasks. Their social skills develop too and this leads to an improvement in their school performance.

A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder might respond to a song with gusto, if he or she has an interest in drums or might even pick it up faster. They could learn to harmonize or at least enjoy the sound of the instrument. Alternatively, a child with sensory integration dysfunction (SID) could have great success using music as a medium of expression. This disorder involves problems with processing sensory information and music can help with this. It can even be a major influence in developing motor skills.

How To Sing Along

As children grow and move through various events in their lives, they may need something to sing along to. This is where songs come into play. Singing is a very natural way for a child to communicate and connect with others. The child will learn about rhythm and cadence from his or her parents. They can learn how to express themselves in their own words by simply singing. Eventually, they can learn to read music and have simple “bad” tunes that they can hum along with at dinner parties or as they watch television.

Song Becomes More Complicated

As the child moves into toddlerhood, songs become more complicated. They will likely begin to have a favorite and stick with it as they grow older. This is a good thing because the child gets to learn more about himself or herself. At this stage, they should already be familiar with colors, shapes and people. They will begin to realize what makes things look alike and learn about the names for common objects and people. This allows them to communicate with others better.

Final Words

Each stage of a child’s development is very important and has a large impact on how the child will deal with future problems. It is very important that you teach your child how to read, write and speak the basics of language as early as possible so that they can build on that as they continue to grow. If you want your child to be creative and to be a successful artist, you should definitely talk to them about child art and help them develop their skills. The earlier they learn these skills, the more likely they will be able to understand and utilize them as they enter later stages of child development and become an adult.

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter